Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi said on Tuesday that his daughter and MP Kanimozhi had no desire to become a Minister in the Union Cabinet and hence there was no basis to the talk that she was being made one.

When the fact was that she had no desire and was not in a hurry to become a Minister, a section of media was speculating on what portfolio she would hold as it had commenced operations with sensation as the capital, he said.

Cement supply

Answering questions on the steps to control cement price, Mr. Karunanidhi said Tamil Nadu was the lone State in the country to take steps to bring down the price. It had succeeded to some extent. The announcement of reduction in price would benefit both the poor and the middleclass.

Based on the experience gained from the current supply to these sections, the government would take appropriate steps. With the decision to import cement and with the current levels given by companies here, the government hoped that people would get cement at reasonable rates. It was committed to ensuring the supply at reasonable rates.

On the relaxation of conditions for supply to the poor who were building 100 sq.ft or 200 sq.ft. houses in rural areas, Mr. Karunanidhi said that it is not possible to insist that these people spend money to draw up a plan, and then get it approved before they can be given cement at concessional rates. When a poor person wants about 15-20 bags of cement, he cannot be running around for a plan approval.

The government was keenly watching the distribution of cement and District Collectors too have been advised accordingly, he said.